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Slovakia’s Deputy PM-Foreign Minister Holds Talks In Budapest

Tamás Székely 2015.03.31.

Hungary’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó discussed bilateral economic and infrastructure development projects with Miroslav Lajčák, his Slovak counterpart, in Budapest. Prior to the discussion with the Hungarian foreign minister, Miroslav Lajčák – who also serves as Deputy PM of Slovakia  – was received by Hungary’s PM Viktor Orbán, press chief of the cabinet Bertalan Havasi told media.

Hungary and Slovakia will open 21 new border crossing points under a project in the autumn, Péter Szijjártó told a press conference after the talks. The two countries are preparing several cross-border infrastructure development projects that include launching a new ferry service on the Danube, he said. Another project is the construction of a new bridge linking Hungary’s Komárom with Slovakia’s Komarno (Révkomárom) for which the two countries have submitted a joint bid for EU funding, Szijjártó said. Concerning energy issues, he noted that a Hungarian-Slovak gas pipeline is still being tested and the two countries’ governments are making all possible efforts to put the interconnector into a commercial operation as quickly as possible. In the meantime, the two governments have started drafting plans on linking the Hungarian and Slovak electricity networks, he added.

Miroslav Lajčák described bilateral relations as good and cooperation between the two countries as pragmatic. He said they identified cross-border infrastructure development projects that should be given preference. The two foreign ministers acknowledged differing views on certain issues but said none exist that cannot be discussed calmly.

via and photo: Lajos Soós – MTI